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HIJACKED? MISSING SHIP

Calm account from EUobserver. British press a bit over the top so far to make it possible to choose a particular account.

CATHOLIC CHURCH WORRIED ABOUT EQUAL RIGHTS

The bishops of England and Wales worry that they might have to calm down some of their stranger attitudes…? or am I misreading this curious piece in the EU Justice and Home Affairs section of EUobserver?

EU BANK DATA MOVE IGNORED LEGAL ADVICE

Murky stuff. here comes the US Treasury equipped to data mine EU banking. Who should take part in the talks? Its all about terrorism…of course! Yeah right. Get them tax-dodgers, Marshal Dillon!

HAS SURKOV GIVEN THE GAME AWAY IN A NOVEL?

Surkov is the Kremlin’s first deputy Chief of Staff. is “Close to Zero” a novel about corruption, his work, published under a pseudonym and if so, what does it all mean?

INTERNET ATTACKS TARGETED LONE GEORGIAN BLOGGER

Known as Cyxymu…now if only we could get cyxymuicide as a Scrabble word! The name is an attempt to Cyrillicize [another great scrabble word] Sukhumi, the georgian town. This is a new take on the apparent Denial of Service attacks on Twitter, Google, Facebook and even LiveJournal yesterday. Cyxymu criticises both the Georgians and the Russians, so it could be either of them or their “friends” whodunit. Apparently lots of the spam mentioned Cyxymu by name, so could have been aimed at discrediting him/her. Hell hath no fury like an adolescent geek scorned!

REPORT OF THE INTERCEPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIONER FOR 2008

Awful report in Times at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6789564.ece Ive decided to make the link to the full report. Times; shock horror….security services, police and local councils made 504,073 requests lasyt year [actually down from 519,260 the previous year]. Of this only 1,500 made by councils, but you would get the impression from the Times that almost all of them were from the councils. I cant wait for the Telgraph article. spluttering comment from a token liberal democrat.

OK, I think that it’s far too many, but sensationalising it doesnt help either. let’s read the full report rather than the spin.

CONVICTED YEMENI CLERIC TO BE DEPORTED

Final outcome of yet another of the terrorist finance trials that came in the aftermath of 9/11. Instead of being found guilty of financing Osama bin Laden, Sheikh Mohammed al-Moayad and his “bodyguard” plead guilty to providing material support to Hamas and are to be deported…

CHINA SUFFERS LARGEST SUSPECTED BANK FRAUD

Ft article on the arrest and trial of the former chair of Canton Properties for obtaining illegal loans from the Bank of Communications in which HSBC has a minority holding.

AUSTRALIA DETAINS TERROR SUSPECTS

linked to Somali based al-Shabab group. Allegedly planning suicide bomb attack on Australian military. Seven-month investigation.

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